The Mexican international has been heavily linked with a return to his former club this summer, as the Gunners consider activating a buyback clause that was written into the contract he signed with the Spanish club three years ago.
However, the 25 year old has revealed that he did not enjoy his time at Arsenal, and has also suggested that he enjoys the style of play in Spain more than the football being played in the Premier League.
According to Inside Spanish Football, he said:
The majority of the players are from the youth system and this has turned the dressing room into something more familiar. The atmosphere is great to the point where after training; we make plans with each other. We’re always trying to make the teammate next to you better and you can see this in every game.
I never felt comfortable in London and I never enjoyed it. However, when I got to Donostia (San Sebastian) I found a place where I was very happy, where I’m enjoying myself every day.
The English game is very straightforward. Here, the difference is that there are more touches of the ball and this benefits me.
I don’t consider myself passionate about football. I like playing and I want to keep improving every day. After that, I’ll welcome whatever comes.
The Mexican’s comments contradict recent media reports which stated that the Gunners are closing in on a deal to sign the young striker. The Gunners are in the hunt for a striker, as Giroud is the club’s lone striker and usually shares time with Yaya Sanogo; although the pair did play together toward the latter stages of the FA Cup final.
Arsenal are in need of an out-and-out goalscorer, someone who can lead the line with intelligent hold-up play, and physically impose himself on defenders. A striker who can score at least 20 goals in a Premier League season, and lead by example. At such a cheap price, there is no doubt Vela would prove to be a resourceful re-signing, but he isn’t the main stream striker we need and can be used as a backup at best.
Vela would be welcome if he is committed, but his recent comments indicate he doesn’t see his future in England. While his price is inviting, I think we should go after transfer targets who are excited at the prospect of representing the Gunners, even if such a move is likely to cost a whole lot more.
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